How Long Do You Have to File a Lemon Law Claim?

by Aryn Plax

Oct 1, 2020

Do you think you have a lemon? Under the California Lemon Law, your car, truck or other vehicle is considered a “lemon” if it has a repeated problem that won’t go away, even when your dealership has been given a reasonable number of chances to fix it.

If you suspect that your vehicle is a lemon, you may have already consulted with an attorney and decided to file a claim. However, if you’re unsure, then keep in mind that there is a time limit to file a lemon law claim. You do not want to wait for this window of time to pass before you make a decision.

This time limit is called the “statute of limitations.” Your time limit for filing a California lemon law case is four years after you first discover that your vehicle is defective. The time that you first “discovered” your vehicle’s defect is usually determined by the date of your first repair related to that defect.

A lemon law wordmap

You should also consider when you are getting your repairs. Typically, the first repair related to the defect has to occur while your vehicle is under warranty. If that benchmark is met, then you can pursue a lemon law case even after your warranty has expired.

If you have questions regarding time limits for a possible lemon law case, fill out the form below or call us at 877-222-2222 for a free consultation.